Hundreds of people attended a red carpet gala night to get a preview of The Light Cinema in Wisbech before it offically opened on Friday.
Around 400 people purchased tickets to see the cinema on Thursday evening.
The event was hosted by the Light Cinema in conjunction with Rotary Clubs from Wisbech, March and Downham Market. The proceeds from the ticket sales went to the Rotary charity while a raffle raised more than £700 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Head of UK operations for the Light Cinema, Phil Dove, said: “I want to thank Wisbech for the amazing welcome we have received. It was great to see so many people and we were delighted to raise money for such a worthy local cause.”
Wisbech Mayor Michael Hill and MP Steve Barclay had the honour of cutting the red ribbon.
Students from Thomas Clarkson Academy and Wisbech Community Choir provided musical entertainment. Chatteris harpists Bonnie and Rosie Scott provided a gentler accompaniment on the upstairs stage.
Four Thomas Clarkson students who entered a Rotary Young Writer competition were presented with certificates at the event. Molly Mai Taylor, Bethany Ellerby, Jack Fowler and Annabelle Holmes were praised for their efforts by Rotary Youth Projects Lead Margaret Barwell, who called them the “writers of the future”.
The guests then enjoyed a screening of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’’.
The Light Cinema, on Cromwell Road, is part of a £50m development that includes Tesco Extra.